Sick Visits Specialist

Pediatrics of Long Island

Pediatrics located in Brentwood, NY & Patchogue, NY

When your child is sick, you want a pediatrician who will put their health and well-being first. At Pediatrics of Long Island in Brentwood and Patchogue, New York, board-certified pediatricians Ramon Ferrand, MD, and Alaaeldin Moawad, MD, never leave their patients waiting in an exam room. They’re committed to providing direct, personalized care for every child they see in a timely manner. To schedule a sick visit with Pediatrics of Long Island, call the nearest office or book online today.

Sick Visits Q&A

What is a sick visit?

As the name implies, a sick visit is an appointment that you schedule with your pediatrician when your child isn’t feeling well. Whether the illness is acute or chronic, Dr. Ferrand and Dr. Moawad take the time to ask questions about your child’s symptoms, review their medical history, and perform a comprehensive physical exam before making an informed diagnosis. 

Why would my child need a sick visit?

With young children at home, it’s hard to know when you should bring your child in to see a pediatrician and when you should try to treat their symptoms at home. Oftentimes, children simply need rest and fluids to feel better. 

However, if your child is showing any of the following symptoms, you should schedule a sick visit with Pediatrics of Long Island:

  • High fever in children younger than 1
  • Fever that lasts for several days
  • Persistent sore throat
  • White spots on tonsils or throat
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Rash that looks like chickenpox
  • Headache that won’t go away
  • Sudden confusion
  • Very stiff neck
  • Widespread rash

Contact Pediatrics of Long Island right away if you have a child older than 1 with a fever accompanied by a rash, stiff neck, vomiting, or head pain.

What happens during a sick visit?

Sick visits typically take between 15 and 30 minutes. During this visit, your pediatrician asks you and your child questions about their symptoms, including when they started and which home remedies have helped.

They may also ask about your family and medical history to assess your child’s risk for certain diseases and conditions.

At this appointment, your pediatrician will take your child’s temperature, listen to their heartbeat and lungs, and check their throat for signs of infection. If your pediatrician needs further information, they may order blood work or urinalysis.

If your child show’s telltale signs of strep throat, Dr. Ferrand and Dr. Moawad can perform a rapid strep test or throat culture.

Once you have a diagnosis, your pediatrician can recommend treatments such as antibiotics. They can also recommend home remedies to help ease your child’s discomfort while they recover at home.

To learn more about sick visits, call Pediatrics of Long Island or book a visit online today.